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Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa


The 9th edition

As usual, in the final days of September, the Open House embraces Lisbon with unprecedented routes, opening doors to spaces of architecture never before discovered, inviting all curious and interested people to join the experience of being like a tourist in their own city. 2020 is no exception and the 9th edition also comes with in a new format. Adapted to the current pandemic context requiring physical distance, the Triennale does not distance itself from this enriching experience, proposing a reinterpretation of the capital, with a journey guided by the imaginary of eight very special Lisbon-based guests.

On 26 and 27 September, Open House returns to the city to unveil the capital to a wide public, inviting them to wind independently around Lisbon, in a sensorial and unique experience, through eight specially designed podcasts, inspired by a collection of spaces that were part of the past eight OH Lisboa editions and that build up the atlas of architecture. A way of revisiting all past editions, to look at facades of the buildings from this Altas that we have been generating since 2012 and to enter the paths that each narrator has visited.

In a sensorial journey, the 9th edition proposes to explore the city through audio-guides, narrated in the first person by authors from different cultural fields: the architect Gonçalo Byrne, the writer Gonçalo M.Tavares, the communicator Inês Meneses, the filmmaker Leonor Teles, the choreographer and playwright Lígia Soares, the journalist Paula Moura Pinheiro, the historian Rui Tavares and the musician Tomás Wallenstein.

By downloading the eight podcasts and the map of Lisbon, your mobile phone or device will accompany you on this sound walk of undeniable richness and diversity. Hand in hand with unique voices, the Open House exists for two thrilling days that suggest a variety of ways to hear, see, feel and live Lisbon. An invitation for tours, which activates the senses and guides the audience to listen, touch and contemplate. And, with the energy of the Volunteers, there is no itinerary where you get lost or cardinal point misunderstood: each element of this family will guide the right direction and answer all doubts and curiosities that arise during the weekend. So that the energy is not lost and there are Volts actively and energetically involved in a weekend of electrifying walks!

A special edition, on an itinerary to wander, stop, look, feel and listen Lisbon by ear, lived by you.

Check the programme

How it works

During a weekend, the sound tours are free, without appointment. They are done independently, accompanied or not, whenever it suits you. To join each of these tours around the city is simple. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Download one or more of the eight sound walk podcasts and its map showing the itinerary
  • Headphones on, routing independently, meeting the safety standards of the current context
  • At the starting points of each itinerary, the Volts team is available to answer your questions whenever necessary.


The Lisbon Architecture Triennale is a non-profit association whose mission is to research, foster and promote architectural thinking and practice. Every three years, it holds a major forum  for the debate, discussion and dissemination of architecture across geographic and disciplinary boundaries. We have also organized the Critical Distance conferences at CCB, and continue to organize several events at our headquarters—the Sinel de Cordes Palace—which also houses a Creative Cluster.

A concept originally created in 1992 by Victoria Thornton, Open House Lisboa is part of the larger Open House Worldwide family. Since 2012, the Lisbon Triennale organizes OH Lisboa; in partnership with EGEAC, since 2015. In 2015 and 2016, we also launched Open House Porto, in collaboration with Casa da Arquitectura.

Aimed at the general public, OH Lisboa has as objectives and main principles:

  • to bring citizens closer to the architecture of their city
  • to open the doors of spaces normally closed to the public
  • to organize free visits that involve authors or specialists from different areas
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Lisbon in your ears

Open House Lisboa 2020 is made up of eight distinct sound walks. A safe edition, to wander around Lisbon in an independent way, guided by eight personalities of our culture.